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Create a treasured blanket for a new baby with this sweet, seashell lace pattern
EVERY BABY needs its own special blanket, and this design by Helen Ardley is pretty yet practical. It has an all-over lace pattern which has a traditional look, a scalloped crochet edging along two sides, and is finished with a tassel on each corner. It’s knitted in an easy-care yarn from Sirdar, called No. 1, which comes in a palette of 21 classic colours.
Using 4mm needles, cast on 131 sts. Work 2 rows in garter st. Now work in patt as follows: Row 1 (RS): K3, *yo, K1, (P3, K1) 4 times, yo, K1; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 2 and all WS rows: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3. Row 3: K3, *K1, yo, K1, (P3, K1) 4 times, yo, K2; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 5: K3, *K2, yo, K1, (P3, K1) 4 times, yo, K3; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 7: K3, *K3, yo, K1, (P2tog, P1, K1) 4 times, yo, K4; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 9: K3, *K4, yo, K1, (P2tog, K1) 4 times, yo, K5; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 11: K3, *K5, yo, K1, (K3tog, K1) twice, yo, K6; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. Row 12: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3. These 12 rows form the pattern. Cont in patt until work measures 84cm, ending on row 11. Work 2 rows in garter st. Cast off.
Starting at one corner, using a crochet hook, work 1 row of dc around all 4 edges, working a multiple of 4 sts plus 1 along the side edges, working 3 dc into each corner edge, sl st into first dc to close. Work a scalloped border up each side edge as folls: Next row: 1 dc into 1st dc, *miss 1 dc, 6 tr into next dc, miss 1 dc, 1 dc into next dc; rep from * to end of row. Fasten off. Make 4 tassels approx. 10cm in length as folls: Cut 50 strands of yarn, 25cm long per tassel. Fold each set in half, and tie a single strand through the fold to secure the stitches. Take another longer strand and wrap around the folded tassel several times. Secure and trim to approx 10cm. Attach one tassel to each corner of the blanket.
The scalloped edging is worked in crochet